“Wait, that was Brendan Langley?”

We all knew that the defense was going to be a work in progress this season.  It’s just that we hoped to see a learning curve showing steady progression.  Don’t look now, but maybe we are.

Through the first four games, Georgia’s defense was allowing an average of 338.8 yards per game, 4.7 yards per play, 22.8 points per game and had three interceptions. Take out that 66-0 win against lowly Troy, and yards per game increases to 379.7 yards, and points per game shoots up to 30.3. South Carolina and Tennessee averaged 6.2 and 5.1 yards per play, respectively, against the Bulldogs.

Since then, the Bulldogs have given up 233.5 yards per game, 17 points, 4.2 yards per play, and the opponents’ third-down conversation rate decreased from 31.7 percent to 10 percent. Georgia also has five interceptions.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, opponents’ points per drive against the Dawgs is down from 1.65 through the first four games to .65 in the past two.

Now I know that the quality of offenses Georgia faced in the last two games is less than what it was in the first four, but that defense we saw against Missouri flat out looked like it could ball.

Some of what I’m seeing may be the result of players who are developing a real sense of trust in Pruitt.

Swann said it’s all just “part of the business.”

“I just received a phone call, ‘You’re playing star.’ And that’s all it was. Whatever Coach calls me and says, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said. “We pretty much know (where we will play) through Monday. We know early enough to where we can get those reps at that position to the point to where we know what’s going on when we get in the game.”

And some of it’s players simply getting more comfortable with what they’re asked to do on the field.

Players are evolving within the defense, but they are also using their words more to make things work. They are asking teammates and coaches more questions. Guys are getting calls right more often. The Dawgs are now performing well, both physically and vocally.

“We know that when we communicate, we execute,” Bailey said. “When we don’t, things fall apart.

“It’s helping us learn his defense a lot better.”

All I can say is that if you’re not sold on things getting better simply by what Pruitt got out of Langley last weekend, I don’t know what to tell you.

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25 responses to ““Wait, that was Brendan Langley?”

  1. HVL Dawg

    I’m proud of Langley and I’m glad he changed numbers from last year. He looks completely different out there.

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  2. HamDawg11

    I have the same feeling about Langley. I met him at CMR’s youth camp last year as he was working on route running outside of BMH. He’s a lot more humble than I expected. He looks like a flashy, self consumed guy on the outside, but he didn’t come across to me that way when we spoke. He’s very well-mannered and humble and seems to want to work hard to make this team better. Glad to have him on our side!

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  3. Dawganova

    The stats are nice and our recent performances are a dream come true. But anytime Edward Aschoff starts with the UGA happy talk (even if its backed up by evidence) I get scared.

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  4. Rich Rochester

    Statistically speaking, it takes 7 plotted points increasing or decreasing to identify a statistically valid trend – and that’s assuming the measurement characteristic is appropriate. So if the author of this article is correct, it will be validated in the next several games.

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    • Rich Rochester

      That should be “…7 consecutive plotted points…”

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    • Charles

      it takes 7 plotted points increasing or decreasing to identify a statistically valid trend

      What statistical method are you talking about? And what do you mean by ‘statistically valid trend’?

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  5. ScoutDawg

    That my friends is the money shot! Dawg porn for real.

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  6. Cojones

    Dawgs Defense Time – DDT.

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  7. 81Dog

    this, perhaps, illustrates the difference between a DC with a “pro outlook,” where you can roll a guy out there, and if he doesn’t meet your expectations, cut him on Monday, sign a new guy Tuesday, and keep doing that until you get a guy who just clicks, and a “HS outlook,” where you generally have to deal with the cards you are dealt, and find a way to get the most out of them. Sometimes, that means delivering a kick to the seat of the pants, but sometimes, it means throwing an arm around a kid’s shoulder and telling him you believe in him.

    I like Pruitt’s apparent insistence on teaching fundamentals, and making sure everyone can execute a small number of coverages rather than trying to impress people with the thickness of his playbook. I don’t know a thing about Brandon Langley, but maybe he just needed someone to show him what to do, and then tell him “I know you can do this.”

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    • Agreed. I’m all for making our opponents beat a fundamentally sound football team. If they can out talent us or out execute us on a given day, then ok so be it. But when they exploit our confusion, lack of fundamentals or preparedness, THAT is hard to swallow.

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      • 81Dog

        saw a HS baseball team wearing tshirts with this on them a few years back:

        “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

        I think there’s a lot of truth in that, especially in the 2013 UGA defense.

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  8. Scorpio Jones, III

    Hopefully, Swann and Langley don’t have to touch a running back this week, but that’s just, you know, hope….

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  9. Mayor

    Remember after the Clemson game when the media was anointing Georgia as the SEC Champion and a lock to be in the playoff? Damn! If only the Dawgs hadn’t lost to South Carolina…………

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    • charlottedawg

      Fair point, after all we’re 0-1 this year after victories over tigers followed by a game against a grocery store protein. Definitely a trend worth watching.

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  10. Biggus Rickus

    They were better against Tennessee than they were against South Carolina. They were better against Vandy than they were against Tennessee. They were better against Missouri than they were against Vandy. Now, it’s pretty much impossible for them to be better against Arkansas than they were against Missouri, but the point is they’ve improved with each SEC game. It’s also the first time Georgia’s had two shutouts in the same season since 2006. If they got a 3rd, it would be something they haven’t done since 1981.

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    • Will (the other one)

      This is my hope too. As bad as they were burned at times early, the players were still close, or in position on almost all of them. Couldn’t say that last season (or 2010). And now they’ve got some shutouts, and more INTs than all of last year, I think the buy-in is really high on what Pruitt’s selling.

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  11. The defense stepping up could not be more timely, especially with all the guys out on O. For that matter. ..the OL, D and special teams have all improved this year. Long ways to go but they seem to have improved each week.

    Uh Oh! Derek is gonna tell me to become a Tech or Barn fan since I didn’t bury my head in the sand and proclaim that everything is peachy! Real Dawg fans don’t question anything and tell other Dawg fans who do to GFY.

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  12. Dawgs roll with or without Gurley Sat’day. GATA 30-13

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  13. Just thankful Pruitt decided to give him another chance. What a fruitful decision.
    ~~~

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  14. aikendawg

    in jp if trust!!!! gata jyd!!!!! dawgs 27-hogs 21,

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